Generations have enjoyed cruising across the shifting sands of the Silver Lake Sand Dunes with Mac Wood’s Dune Rides. This is a rare experience: the sand mountains on Lake Michigan are the only dunes east of Utah where the public can ride (or drive) motor vehicles.
Mac Wood invented what he called “Dune Scooting” and helped establish the Silver Lake area as a tourism hot spot; he carried the title “Mayor of Scooterville.”
This summer Mac Wood’s, still a family operation run by the third generation, is celebrating its 80th anniversary; check out my story and photos at Quad-Cities Online (now available only to newspaper subscribers).
Then make plans to shoot the dunes in one of the open air trucks.
The fun you have may even inspire you to drive your own off-road vehicle across the sand mountains. We tackled them many years ago in our Jeep, and it was a scary blast.
While you’re in town, don’t forget to stop at Bubba Q for a sandwich or ice cream (see June 22, 2010 post).
Visitor Info Click: Silver Lake Sand Dunes Area
Drive your own or a rental ORV on the dunes: State of Michigan DNRE